Wyoming wolves hunted back to Extinction!

The gray wolf population in Wyoming has grown enough to be removed from the endangered species list and will stop receiving federal protection next month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.

The decision means that gray wolf has recovered from near extinction throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains, which includes all of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah, officials said.

The wolves in Wyoming won't be protected under the Endangered Species Act effective September 30, when the packs will be managed by the state, federal officials said.

"The return of the wolf to the Northern Rocky Mountains is a major success story, and reflects the remarkable work of states, tribes, and our many partners to bring this iconic species back from the brink of extinction," Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement.

The Northern Rockies are home to at least 1,774 adult wolves and more than 109 breeding pairs, and the population has exceeded recovery goals for 10 consecutive years, officials said.

The vast majority of Wyoming's gray wolves live in the northwest section of the state, where the animals will be managed by state wardens as "trophy game" year-round, federal officials said.

Wyoming officials will regulate the timing, methods and numbers of gray wolves taken through regulated hunting. Wolves found to be preying on livestock also may be controlled, federal officials said.

Environmental and wildlife groups took exception to the federal decision, saying the gray wolf hasn't fully recovered.

"Today's decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service allows Wyoming to return to the days of random wolf killing that led to the species' endangerment in the first place," said Sylvia Fallon, wildlife conservation director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The environmental group Earthjustice said Congress last year gave hunters and trappers in Montana and Idaho the right to kill wolves that had been once protected, nullifying a court victory by the group that would have prevented the hunts.

"Wyoming's open season on wolves in almost all of the state would allow aerial gunning of wolves and even killing wolf pups in their den," Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine said.

"Wyoming law also allows unrestricted killing of wolves if they are found to be 'harassing' livestock or domestic animals, even if wolves are intentionally baited into the conflict," said Harbine. "These policies could drive wolves back into local extinction."


Responses to "Cry endangered wolf? Not in Wyoming. Gray wolf back from near extinction"

  1. Anonymous says:

    A sad day because those idiots that like to kill just to kill will be out there doing just that, no restrictions, back to extinction!!! The people running this type of law should be shot!! This is a very sad day and the men and women that allowed this to happen should be completely ashamed of themselves, shame, shame, shame!!! How can you live with yourselves!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I assume it took years to bring them back from extinction, so why not continue to protect them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    to lose any animal through stupidity violence or greed disgusts me. To end their protection is very wrong

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why is man so bent on proving his manhood by hunting unarmed creatures in nature...In Macrobiotics, I learned that our intestines are too long for the digestion of meat, so why all the killing of wolves so that people can grow meat they want to eat and then become obese and get sick, raising medical expenditure...Killing is killing...

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Its just turns my stomach! I wish these idiots would become the hunted. would serve them right!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    This just breaks my heart. I'm so saddened when any animal is hunted for sport, but especially the wolf. May our brother the wolf find peace in the next world where man can no longer hurt them.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This just makes me so sick & mad! What is wrong with these people?? These beautiful animals deserve protection!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Everyone be sure to thank Barack "The Wolf Killer" Obama and his trusty sidekick in The Interior Department "Cowboy Kennie" for this! Barack "The Wolf Killer" Obama will never have my vote or my support ever again because of what he has done to wolves!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I see nothing wrong with this. Their population will still be managed. Did everyone fail to read "Wyoming officials will regulate the timing, methods and numbers of gray wolves taken through regulated hunting. Wolves found to be preying on livestock also may be controlled, federal officials said."?

    Relax people! If I had livestock, I certainly would be pulling out my gun to protect my livelihood.

  12. hunting for fun .humans are most dangerous ones on this planet and killing even pups this news makes me very sad..

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is so very wrong. The wolves have a right to live. No way should they be hunted so some idiots can say that they killed a wolf. Why is it that people can't be happy unless they are killing wild animals that were here before humans were. This is so very sad.

  14. A sad day for the wolves. As protectors and voice of the wild who keep and protect the balance, we must now be a voice for them. Curious - how healthy is the deer and elk population in Whyoming?

  15. Anonymous says:

    This fight needs more warriors!!!! We must all stand united to protect our wolves from slaughter. All PRO-WOLF groups must join forces to end this senseless murdering of our beloved wolf. WE MUST ALL PROVE TO THIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THAT WE WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY AND WATCH THE KILLING!!!!! WE WILL UNITE ONCE AND FOR ALL AND BECOME THE VOICE FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT SPEAK!!!!!

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